Number 7 Features Five Artists - Brevard, NC


Last updated 9/18/2017 at 5:22pm

Number 7 Arts Gallery is featuring five artists for September: David Adler, parquetr; Gwen Flinn, painter; Rodney Leftwich, potter; Nancy Richards, painter; and Tom Sims, woodworker. Come by during Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, Sept. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and meet these artists.

Adler’s fascination with wood as an art form began in 2000 as a hobby. He quickly became immersed in the art, developing techniques for manipulating the wood not documented before.

Natural curiosity and love of nature have led Flinn to her lifetime passion of painting. Flinn has studied art at Kent State University and under various professionals. She continues her studies in many regional venues, including Kanuga Watercolor Workshops. Her work has been accepted in juried shows in Ohio, Savannah, Ga., and Brevard.

During the 1970s Leftwich became interested in the historical pottery traditions of Western North Carolina. He collected examples, studying their forms, glazes, methods of manufacture and makers. From this grew a desire to make pottery. In 1977 and ‘78 he assisted Burlon Craig of Vale, N.C., the last of the traditional mountain potters, with loading and firing his groundhog kiln. From Craig, Leftwich developed skills in firing and a greater appreciation for the history behind the pots. Each of his creations is individually designed and requires many hours of intricate cutting, incising and glazing. His style, while rooted in the historical pottery traditions, is unique in its approach. He describes these works as one-of-a-kind art pottery derived from regional folk traditions.

After learning woodworking skills in college at Western Kentucky University, Simms has continued to hone his interests in fine woodworking from the nostalgic era of the American Bungalow and the Craftsman Movement.

Creating art and having opportunities to teach and study different mediums has sustained Richards.

“I love to try new media and techniques and have pursued learning in Italy, Virginia, New England and here in North Carolina,” she said. “During the past 40 years I have exhibited in a number of shows, and once had the honor of making a liturgical vestment for Desmond Tutu. Recently, Starfangled Press in Brevard hosted a solo show of my enhanced monoprints and ‘WNC Woman Magazine’ selected one of my paintings for its cover. I am delighted to be a member of this cooperative gallery.”

View these artists’ works at Number 7 Arts, 2 West Main Street in downtown Brevard. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday/Saturday and noon – 4 p.m. Sundays. Number 7 Fine Arts and Crafts Gallery is a program of the Transylvania Community Arts Council.


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